Review: Supernatural Hero and the Witches – Scrapping the Bottom of the Cauldron

Where do I even begin with this book? For a book that is intended for children, it is by far one of the worst things that I have ever read and that is saying a lot considering some of the things that I have read before.
Let’s start off with the premise of the book; An eleven year old boy by the name of Andy has the ability to see the spirits of the deceased (aka ghosts) including the spirit of his grandfather and ghosts that act as imaginary friends. With the help of his friends Tom and David, he must stop a witch from taking over the minds of people including the mind of Zoe, the girl that he ‘loves’. Look at Andy’s character, he is a poorly written character who speaks in almost nothing but exposition and has no sense of urgency, abandoning important situations that could END THE WORLD for trivial matters like winning the girl and his birthday party. I’m sorry, but if there were witches taking over the minds of people around me, I wouldn’t be thinking about a birthday party. Andy is unlikable and unreliable in every sense, making me wish that he would fail the task at hand so he could learn how to handle his responsibilities. Moving on, the next largest character in the story is Tom, who is a ‘genius and nerd’. Multiple times in the story, Andy feels oh so compelled to remind us of how smart Tom is. We get it, he’s smart, but that is not much of a character. He also goes on to tell us how Tom wants to dress up as Google. How in the world does someone dress up like a search engine? Lastly Zoe, the ‘love interest’; I have to ask, why is she even in this book? She has no personality with the exception of having a small spat with Andy. With what little we learn about her is rushed and thrown in at the last minute of the novel that the reader doesn’t really care for her.
I honestly hate how the book changes tone like it is nothing. There are several points in the story where Andy is focused on one scenario and it immediately focuses on something else. An example of this would be later when Andy is having a picnic with his family and the sky breaks open with witches’ spirits flooding out then the next chapter is focused on his birthday. That is horrible story telling, even for a book intended for children. Another thing that actually angered me reading this book is that every so often, Andy will throw in ‘Nerd Facts’ which are tidbits of information about nerdy people like ‘Nerds have no dress sense’ and ‘Nerds like to hang alone at parties’. These are stereotypes that are actually offensive to people who consider themselves nerds. What kind of lesson does that teach children, that it’s ok to keep perpetuating decades old stereotypes that have led to seclusion of people because of their intelligence?
Eran Gadot’s Supernatural Hero and the Witches is in my opinion a novel that serves no purpose other than literary cannon fodder that isn’t even worth its price.

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